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February 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

Please remember our prisoner-students. Let them know we care. They struggle with us, but we need your special donation to complete the task. (Mat. 25:34-40)

THE BOOK OF AMOS
THE ANOINTED ONE – THE VIRGIN – SEEK HIM AND LIVE

Last month we quietly introduced the Book of Amos – St. Athanasius Academy OSB-Old Testament, p. 996. A relatively short Book in page count, often put off in favor of oneo of the major Prophets. As a result, it is easy to see why its importance maybe overlooked, grasped, or even studied. It is not read during the Liturgical year. As a result, one understands why its profound depth is often overlooked and lacks the appreciation it deserves.

In preparation for translating and editing the Greek Septuagint into English, we discovered a research book regarding Amos, of 1,000 pages. Wow! It offered a detail of explanations that literally caught us off guard. Imagine 7 pages of Scripture needing 1,000 pages to help us understand all that was being said and offered.

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January 2016 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

THE ANOINTED ONE – CHRIST, JESUS
CAME TO THE RIVER JORDAN TO BE BAPTIZED

Who is this One Who comes to the River Jordan with John the Baptist? What is known about Him? To most, this One "person" about to enter the water with John, seems to be just like them – no more and no less. He grew up with children of His own age, likely earning a few bruises in need of a mother's comfort.

In Amos, we hear of the Anointed One, but no personal name is given. Moses learns of the "I AM", but no personal name is offered. In Luke 1:31, Archangel Gabriel proclaims Him to be the Son of the Highest, while in Psalm 109 (OSB, p. 757), this divine Person is called our One High Priest forever. In Obadiah 17 (OSB, p. 1018), we hear is deliverance, will come to Mount Zion.

See the attached PDF files for this month's full teaching and to order the study booklets.

December 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

IN CELEBRATION OF THE JOY OF HIS NATIVITY
Please remember our prisoner-students this Christmas.

They struggle with us – as we work closely with them – to achieve our mission of reaching out to prisoners, everywhere and of any faith. We pray the Light of the Lord – His Grace and Truth – continues to shine through our study program. But we need your help.

Please consider a special donation as gift of hope, for our prisoner students. Let us share the spirit of His Nativity and the joy of Christmas giving with them, in the name of the Lord. Such kindness is a first fruit of fasting (Isaiah 58, Mat. 25:34-40).

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November 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

IN PREPARATION FOR HIS NATIVITY: LUKE 19: 10

"I came to seek (those who sit in darkness), and to save that which was lost (our relationship with Him)."

He Who is the Image and Wisdom of the Father – the Word of God – became Incarnate to dwell in our midst. Why? Because His chosen people lost remembrance of Him as their Lord and Savior. They instead, choose to turn away from Him, even after being forewarned for generations.

As a result: 1) their path became one of self-destruction, and 2) their relationship with the promised One was being lost to a state of hopelessness. The outcome: The false and fearful teachings of death, Satan, and Hades, reigned over all made in His Image, of His likeness, and clothed in flesh.

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October 2015 Newsletter

Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:

His Cross (OSB: Psalm 22:5)
Our Monument to His Victory Over the Domain of Death

Paraphrased from Chapter 4, On the Incarnation, St. Athanasius speaks to the Lord's Cross:

Some might urge that it would have been better for the Lord to have arranged an honorable death for Himself and avoid the shamefulness of the cross. Yet this would have aroused suspicion that His power over death, was limited to the death He chose for Himself.

In turn, this would provide an excuse for disbelieving the resurrection. Therefore death came to His fleshly body – His enfleshment – not from Himself, but from enemy action. Why? So our Savior might utterly abolish, as foolishness, the fears and false teachings of Judaism, the Gnotics, and the Greeks.

See the attached PDF files for this month's full teaching and to order the study booklets.